My friend Lauren is an accomplished and adventurous cook, and after trying the dal she made, I was emboldened to try it myself. It’s a very easy recipe from Oh She Glows, it just required a few ingredients we don’t regularly have in the pantry. I used broccoli, sweet potato, and tofu for the veggies, and left out the minced onion and the garnish (lime juice and cilantro).
As for the garden…I can’t believe I haven’t updated here since Memorial Day weekend! Since then, the calibrochoa has sprawled beautifully. Next spring, I’ll be a little more intentional with my annuals; I loved last year’s combination of Icelandic poppies, calibrochoa, verbena, and lobelia – maybe with some snapdragons too. (The marigolds are bright and healthy but don’t seem to be doing much to keep the critters away.)
The strawberries came and went – we had the last of them in early July. Next year perhaps I’ll make room for them in my raised bed; I think they might have been crowded in the hanging baskets, and definitely in the (alleged) strawberry pot. The raspberries came in nicely – I was so excited to have any! Only a few canes produced but they are so delicious. The blueberries are ripening too, and I expect the first ones will be ready later this month and into August.
The Wando shelling peas are the surprise hit of the summer – everyone loved them, even the toddler! I’ll do more of these next year, and prioritize them a bit more. They all came in over the course of a week or two, but they were great. I’m not sure what happened with the sweet peas, but I’ll try them again next year too. (And maybe nasturtiums in the hanging baskets, instead of the strawberries.)
Of the six pumpkin plants I put in the ground, four seem to have disappeared entirely and two are thriving hugely, with plenty of big yellow flowers. No sign of any actual pumpkins yet.
The sunflowers indeed disliked being transplanted (as it said on the packet); I don’t think I’ll bother with them again next year. The wildflowers, however, have just started popping in the last week or two, and it’s a pretty mix. More wildflowers next year!
The tomato plants are enormous – the raised bed is like a jungle. I’ve harvested the basil in there twice already, and now I think it’s crowded out. Next year I’ll plant it around the edges instead of between the rows of tomatoes, and probably should plant fewer tomato plants as well. I’ve talked with a neighbor about sharing seeds next spring, which should help. I find it so difficult to thin the plants when I’m supposed to! Anyway, the tomatoes are still mostly green now, but there are going to be LOTS…if we can keep the squirrels away.
Above, clockwise from top left: daylily (they were here when we moved in), rose campion (transplanted from my mom’s place), calla lily (previously mis-identified as lily of the valley; it spent the winter in the basement); new balloon flower; filling the watering can at the rain barrel.